Culture Calendar: June 2015

Courtesy of Hammer Museum, Los Angeles. Photo: © Randall Harrington & Patrick Bolton.

What to do, watch, and see this month.

June 3–6: Cedar Lake Contemporary Ballet's Final Season
The 10-year-old Cedar Lake Contemporary Ballet presents its last season this month, following a decision by its founder (and primary source of funding), Walmart heiress Nancy Walton Laurie, to close the company. The dance troupe's final run at the Brooklyn Academy of Music will include five exclusive performances by five different choreographers. Tickets from $20; 30 Lafayette Ave; 718-636-4100.

June 3–October 11: Agnes Martin Retrospective at Tate Modern
In the first retrospective of Abstract Expressionist Agnes Martin since her death in 2004, London’s Tate Modern posits the American painter—whose stark minimalism masked a profound belief in art’s emotional potential—as a critical figure in the largely male-dominated field of mid-century abstraction. Tickets from $18; Bankside, London SE1 9TG; 44-020/7887-8888.

June 3: Third Collection Exhibition at Fondation Louis Vuitton
The third and final phase of the Fondation Louis Vuitton's first year of exhibitions, Collection, Hang 3 consists of a two-part showcase: One section, dedicated entirely to Pop art, will include pieces by iconics like Andy Warhol, Jean-Michel Basquiat, and Richard Prince; the other focuses on sculpture and video works influenced or inspired by music and sound, featuring artists like Marina Abramovic, Jaan Toomik, and Philippe Parreno. On the occassion of this finale, the Fondation will also host a two-day symposium (June 12–13), open to the public, that brings together museum directors, curators, artists, art market experts, and critics to discuss the current state of the art world. 8 Ave. du Mahatma Gandhi; 33-01/40-69-96-00.

June 5–July 25: World Premiere of Arthur Miller's The Hook
A previously unseen work by Arthur Miller, originally written as a screenplay, will debut on stage in Northampton, England, in June. Miller's script never made it to the screen in the 1950s because the FBI feared that it would spark dissent in Brooklyn's dockyards, where the play is set. (The producers also pushed Miller to cast the story's villains as communists, something he was unwilling to do.) After a run of performances at the Royal & Derngate Theater in Northampton, the play will move to Liverpool in July. Tickets from $15; Guildhall Rd.; 44-1604/624-811.

June 5–September 13: Organic Matters—Women to Watch 2015
In the fourth iteration of its Women to Watch series, the National Museum of Women in the Arts in Washington, D.C., presents an exhibition examining the intersection of women, art, and nature. The artworks on view—created by contemporary female artists from across the country, including Jiha Moon, Dawn Holder, and Lara Shipley—all reference or depict the natural world through drawings, sculptures, videos, and photographs. Shown together, the exhibition seeks to modifying gender stereotypes and discriminatory history that surrounds the female relationship to nature1250 New York Ave., NW; 202-783-5000. 

June 7–February 28: Noah Purifoy: Junk DADA at LACMA
With Noah Purifoy: Junk DADA, the Los Angeles
 County Museum of Art presents the first monographic show dedicated to the little-known California sculptor. Charting Purifoy’s career from his socially conscious beginnings (the 1965 exhibit 66 Signs of Neon, forged from the charred debris of the Watts riots) to the wild assemblages he built in the Mojave Desert at the end of his life, the exhibition gives the ultimate outsider artist the ultimate insider’s imprimatur. Tickets from $25; 5905 Wilshire Blvd.; 323-857-6000.

June 9: Museum Mile Festival
Nine museums on Fifth Avenue will open to the public for free on June 9 from 6–9 P.M. for the 36th annual Museum Mile Festival, which is devoted to increasing access to and awareness of New York's greatest artistic and cultural treasures. Participating institutions include the Met, the Guggenheim, Cooper-Hewitt Design Museum, and other institutions located between East 82nd and 105th streets. Traffic is shut down on most of the avenue during the festival, and visitors can enjoy live music and art activities posted throughout the 23-block stretch. 

June 10–13: Joan of Arc at the Stake at Avery Fisher Hall
The New York Philharmonic will close out the season with a production of the 1938 oratorio, Joan of Arc at the Stake. Academy Award winner Marion Cotillard stars in the titular role, a part she has played for more than a decade in other productions around the globe. Tickets from $41; 10 Lincoln Center Plaza #132; 212-875-5656 

June 10: Albert Oehlen at the New Museum
The New Museum celebrates the 30-year career of German artist Albert Oehlen with the first major retrospective of his paintings in New York. The exhibition showcases the myriad techniques the artist employed throughout his career—starting with his self-portraits and ending with works that combine advertising signs with his “aggressive” brushwork—tracing Oehlen’s long-term meditations on both the processes and language of painting that are embodied in his work. 235 Bowery; 212-219-1222.

June 12: Garage Museum of Contemporary Art Opens
The Garage Museum of Contemporary Art’s new home in Moscow's Gorky Park opens June 12. The Rem Koolhaas–designed building includes five galleries, an auditorium, screening room, a center for children, bookshop, and café; the slightly transparent façade was constructed to visually connect the museum’s interior spaces with the park outside. The institution, which was founded in 2008 with a focus on Russian contemporary art, inaugurates the new location with exhibitions from artists Yayoi Kusama, Rirkit Tiravanija, Erik Bulatov, and Katharina Grosse. Photographs of the city's 1970s and '80s underground art scene will also be on display. 9/45 Krymsky Val St.

June 13–September 20: Afghan Carpet Project at the Hammer Museum
The Hammer Museum in L.A. teams up with AfghanMade, a nonprofit that supports Afghan craftspeople, in a project that unites American artists with carpet weavers in Afghanistan. After visiting the weavers, six artists designed carpets to be created by the weavers and later put on display at the the UCLA-affiliated institution. Proceeds from sales of the carpets’ copies will go toward ARZU Studio Hope, an organization that aids female weavers with education and health care services. 10899 Wilshire Blvd.; 310-443-7000.

June 20: Borgata Festival Park Opens in Atlantic City
On June 20th, American rock band The Killers will officially inaugurate the brand-new Borgata Festival Park, a $14 million outdoor entertainment space adjacent to the Borgata Hotel Casino & Spa in Atlantic City, New Jersey. The park will host well-known bands, artists, and DJs, and will also be used during the Savor Borgata Culinary Series, the Borgata's food and beverage festivals. The venue's line-up for the summer includes performances by Meghan Trainor, Counting Crows, Willie Nelson, and Darius Rucker. One Borgata Way; 609-317-1000.

June 22–23 & June 27–28: David Byrne’s Contemporary Color Concert Series at BAM
In this first-ever concert series celebrating the “overlooked folk art” of flag flying, musician and artist David Byrne pairs 10 elite color guard teams from the U.S. and Canada with a celebrated singer or band for four nights of choreographed flag-flying dances set to live performances by Nelly Furtado, St. Vincent, Lucius, and more. Dubbed Contemporary Color, the collaboration is sponsored by the Luminato Festival in Toronto and the Brooklyn Academy of Music, and will be hosted for two nights in each city. Tickets from $25; June 22 & 23 at Air Canada Centre; 40 Bay St., Toronto; luminatofestival.comJune 27 & 28 at Barclays Center; 620 Atlantic Ave., Brooklyn;

June 24–September 13: Discovering the Impressionists at the Philadelphia Museum of Art
A new exhibition at the Philadelphia Museum of Art focuses on one art dealer who helped to bring Impressionism to the world stage, nurturing and encouraging some of the movement’s most prominent artists. Paul Durand-Ruel’s gallery collected pieces Monet, Renoir, Manet, and Degas, among others, and was instrumental in bringing their work to the fore. The exhibition features works by these artists alongside photographs and documents from the era that Durand-Ruel was most active, from 1865 to 1905. Tickets from $12; 2600 Benjamin Franklin Pkwy.

June 27August 30: William Kentridge at Uliens Center for Contemporary Art
Drawing parallels between South Africa’s anti-apartheid movement and the social upheaval currently under way in China, the Ullens Center for Contemporary Art, in Beijing, charts Johannesburg-based artist and filmmaker William Kentridge’s evolving treatment of history over the past 25 years. The retrospective culminates in the titular Notes Toward a Model Opera, a meditation on the ideals of socialist China. 798 Art District, No. 4 Jiuxianqiao Lu; 86-10/5780-0200.

June 30October 4: John Singer Sargent at the Met
New York's Metropolitan Museum of Art brings together 90 portraits by painter John Singer Sargent in a new exhibition that sheds light on a more radical side to the famed artists oeuvre. Using his friends as his subjects, Sargent takes a more informal, experimental approach in these sketches, watercolors, and full length portraits—many of which were not commissioned. The showcase also details the relationships between Sargent and several of his sitters, who include leading artists and writers of his day, such as Robert Louis Stevenson, Henry James, Auguste Rodin, and Claude Monet. 1000 Fifth Ave.; 212-535-7710.


Image Credits: © Shoko Takaysu; Image courtesy of OMA